Hudson Valley/Catskill unemployment rates

Burt Lum

New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. The data comes at a time when the Empire State is gearing up to increase benefits for the unemployed and boost  employment opportunities for disabled workers.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday proclaimed median household income throughout New York State remained flat at about $57,000.

The state Labor Department says New York’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.4 percent to 7.1 percent in December, its lowest level since January 2009. Numbers for the Capital Region tell a slightly different story...

The unemployment rate in the Capital Region fell to a low of 5.4 percent in December. That's lowest number for the 12th month of the year since 2007 - but the number of workers making up the labor force stands at about 437,000, the lowest December figure since 2000.

Some encouraging numbers are out concerning New York State's unemployment rate. Between April and May 2013, New York state's unemployment rate fell from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent, its lowest level since February 2009.

Unemployment Rates Drop In All Area Counties

May 22, 2013
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ALBANY – Unemployment rates in Hudson Valley/Catskills counties in April fell over one year ago levels.

Rockland County had the lowest rate this April at 5.8 percent while Sullivan County had the highest rate, at 8.9 percent, a full point lower than its 9.9 percent rate in March.

State labor analyst John Nelson said those statistics are encouraging.